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RTE staff demand pay details for women as salaries of top talent are revealed

 

BY STAFF REPORTER

Seven of RTE’s top 10 earners are men, according to figures published by the Irish broadcaster. The figures for 2015 also show that the three highest paid stars are male.

RTE is currently conducting a review of pay and gender equality across the organisation.

Late Late Show and Radio One host Ryan Tubridy was the highest paid presenter in 2015, earning €495,000 (£442,466). This was the same amount he was paid in 2014.

Ray D’Arcy was the second highest paid presenter for 2015, with fees of €400,000 (£357,548). Third on the list is Joe Duffy who earned €389,988 (£348,587) in 2015, down from €416,893 in 2014.

Miriam O’Callaghan was fourth on the list, earning €299,000 (£267,271) in 2015. This was up from €280,445 in 2014.  Fifth is Marian Finucane, who was paid €295,000 (£263,695) in 2015, the same amount as in 2014.

RTE publishes the salaries of the station’s top 10 earners every two years but the figures given are for amounts paid to broadcasters two years earlier. The station has come under pressure to annually publish the salaries of all its top broadcasters who earn more than €100,000 a year. It has also faced criticism over the apparent gender pay gap.

Staff have called on the broadcaster to publish within the next fortnight a gender breakdown of pay grades and remuneration data across the corporation. They also demanded an independent external review to be carried out, examining gender and equality.

On Tuesday, RTE said that the fees for 2015 present a 34% reduction compared to fees earned in 2008. Director General Dee Forbes said the figures see the station maintain its commitment to reduce earnings while continuing to value the significant contribution of presenters.

Ms Forbes also said the issue of gender pay is “an important one”.

She said: “It is crucial to understand, in terms of the top 10 figures released today, that many factors influence presenter fees — there are significant variations in programme commitments, broadcast hours and audience numbers.”

RTE announced a review of pay and gender equality across the organisation after the BBC was forced to disclose the salaries of its top presenters as part of its new royal charter agreement with the UK government.

Of the 96 names published by the BBC in July, only 34 were women, sparking a row over gender pay inequality.

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